Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych received temporary sanctuary in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don. The respective document was issued by Russia’s Federal Migration Service in November 2015; in 2016, it was extended until November 2017. Yanukovych’s lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk who today showed up at the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine instead of his client said this during the interview with Ukraine’s law enforcers.
According to the document, Yanukovych lives in Rostov’s Sovetskiy district.
‘The actual certificate serves as the ID of its owner and confirms the validity of his/her stay on the territory of the Russian Federation. The person who owns such certificate cannot be returned to the country of his/her citizenship or the country of previous residency against his/her will,’ reads the paper.
Serdyuk returned the suspicion notice, delivered to Victor Yanukovych during his previous video-interview, back to the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. According to Serdyuk, the suspicion note should have been sent in accordance with the Law for International Assistance in Investigation, which hadn’t been done. Previously, Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine summoned Yanukovych for interview – twice, on December 5 and 9.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko officially accused ex-president Viktor Yanukovych of several crimes, specifically the state treason and crimes against Euromaidan protesters in late 2013-early 2014. The respective notices were sent to all known places of Yanukovych’s residence in Russia.
Viktor Yanukovych fled the country along with his sidekicks in late February 2014, when his regime was toppled during the tragic events of Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine.